No-one can say that Nathan Earle doesn't know how to make a lasting first impression.
His nine-minute first team debut for Saracens ended in a 41-14 win over Worcester Warriors in the LV= Cup on January 29, 2012 and he then scored a try on his England XV debut against the Barbarians at Twickenham in May 2017, helping them to a 28-14 victory.
The Saracens wing showed fine pace that day, a skill he has used time and again over the years, and it’s that acceleration - coupled with a great understanding of support play - that has given him a reputation for finishing.
Hong Kong-born Earle joined England’s party for the senior tour of Argentina in the summer of 2017 and impressed Eddie Jones so much that he earned another international call-up as part of the 35-man squad for the 2018 NatWest 6 Nations.
After playing at full-back in the first three U20 Six Nations matches in February 2014, he scored a maiden try from the wing in the final game against Italy at Calvisano the following month.
He was also part of the successful England side that won the World Rugby U20 Championship title later that year, where he crossed the whitewash six times in five matches.
His first season as a full-time member of Saracens Academy was in 2013/14 and he has also been on the Rugby AASE programme at Oaklands College, St Albans where he studied A-level history, psychology and PE.
His previous education was at Collier Street Church of England Primary and Sutton Valence School in Maidstone and at club level he played for Stanley Fort in Hong Kong (1997-2000) and Cranbrook in Kent (2000-11). It was there he enjoyed the benign influence of coaches David Morgan and Toby Miles.
Other benefits then came at Saracens through academy coaches Matt Davies, Kevin Sorrell, Moses Rauluni and Richard Hill. Ex-academy coach Jan Bonney also helped him. He said: “As far back as I can remember, my ambition has been to play at the highest level I can reach and to pursue rugby as a professional player.”
As a U16 hockey player, Earle had helped Sutton Valence to win the Kent Schools Championships. His dad has been a minis and junior coach at Cranbrook for 12 years.
35 points – 7T
2014 F, S, I, It (2), A, Ar, I, SA
Last updated: 18 January 2018